The Next Michael Jordan (!)

From the Chicago Tribune: At 17, Harrison Barnes might not yet be a household name. But he’s determined to become one. Here’s a funny story demonstrating his precocity: Days earlier, when he announced where he would attend college, the nation’s top high school basketball player deftly fielded all manner of probing questions from a gymnasium [Read More...]

Michael Jordan’s Teacher: “Nobody Cut Michael Jordan”

Those of us who grew up going to wildly overpriced basketball camps (remember Five Star?  What a racket!) often heard the inspiring and–ahem–comforting tale that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player in the world, was cut from the varsity team as a sophomore.  Great story–except it’s not technically true. This is disheartening news for those [Read More...]

The Link 8.28.09: Street Basketball, Band of Horses, Lead09 Conference

1. Linked at Truehoop, the best basketball blog on the web, this is one of the best pieces I’ve read about the experience of playing basketball.  Don’t worry–I have read many. 2. Have you heard the song “The Funeral” by Band of Horses? It’s haunting.  I don’t know what it’s about. 3. Wondering what to [Read More...]

Must-See: Mind-Blowing Basketball Trick Shots

I don’t care if you like basketball or not–you must watch this YouTube clip. The video features Bruce Manley, a 25-year-old bank employee from Sparta, NJ.  A SlamOnline article explains a bit about the backstory.  Apparently, Shaquille saw the video and twittered a H.O.R.S.E. challenge to Manley. Here’s what Manley says of his shotmaking: ““Some [Read More...]

Shane Battier, Stat Geeks, and the Surefire Way to Lose Basketball Games

I found corroboration for a view I’ve argued for years in a New York Times Magazine piece on basketball player Shane Battier.  Entitled “The No-Stats All-Star” and written by Moneyball‘s Michael Lewis, the article details how a maverick GM has gained insight into basketball players using untraditional statistics.  Here’s a snapshot of the argument from [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, November 14, 2008

1. Here’s a cool cultural engagement site: Gospel and Culture.  Phil Ryken just recommended it on the Reformation 21 blog (itself a worthy site), and I’ve checked it out a bit.  Bill Edgar, one of my favorite thinkers, started this project, and it looks quite worthy of attention.  They do need to post media from [Read More...]

Spider Webs of Our Own Making: Pride and the Christian Life

A little while back I blogged about Stephen Altrogge’s book on sports.  I recommended it to my readers and noted as I did so some illumination it brought me about the condition of my heart.  In reflecting more on that condition, I’ve found a resonant image playing in my mind related to my pride.  Like [Read More...]

The Celtics, the Lakers, and Some Thoughts on the State of the NBA and its Narcissistic Stars

Tonight at 9:30pm, the Celtics and Lakers begin competition for the NBA championship. For those who don’t know, this is a renaissance of basketball, one that hearkens back some two decades to the glory days of the NBA, when Larry Bird worked his Hoosier magic and Magic Johnson (an overrated player–but then again, I am [Read More...]

What It’s Like to Play in the NBA D-League (or at Least the D-League Tryouts)

Just read a pretty funny article about one writer’s bid to make the NBA’s Developmental League. “Me Got Game”, by Davy Rothbart, is a funny and revealing look about what it’s actually like to try and make a high-level professional basketball team. You’ll want to watch for bad language in the piece, but if you [Read More...]

Reflecting on the Turbulent, Sad, and Triumphant Life of Pete Maravich

Mark Kriegel’s Pistol came out in 2007 and tells the fascinating and tragic story of the basketball player known as “Pistol” Pete Maravich (1947-1988). I highly recommend it to most anyone who likes reading, and to those who like biographies, and to those who like sports, and to those who like good writing. This is [Read More...]


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